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Reese Witherspoon’s Black Dress Is The Perfect Transitional Weather Staple

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Ahead of the highly-anticipated return of HBO's critically-acclaimed series, Big Little Lies, Reese Witherspoon dropped by The Daily Show to discuss female representation in television, her new book club, and the power of literature in tackling difficult female experiences through complex storytelling. The 43-year-old actor kept her look classic and refined, and Reese Witherspoon's black dress served as inspiration for springtime's unpredictable forecast.

The knee-length shift dress, which featured an asymmetrical neckline and subtle bell sleeves, was a sophisticated pick for mild temps in New York City, protecting from unexpected winds without being too heavy for a surprise cameo of sunshine. Paired with boxy sunglasses, classic black pumps, and pearl drop earrings, the blonde beauty reeled things in for the understated look that fell in line with her traditional but feminine style sensibilities.

A far cry from the vibrant orange number Witherspoon donned for an appearance on Good Morning America last week, the LBD afforded die-hard, all-black New Yorkers a sigh of relief, demonstrating how to wear black this spring. The actor will likely return to her regular lineup of florals, gingham, and pastel hues, but the subdued look was a timeless essential that's fit for so many occasions, no matter the season.

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While springtime weather continues to keep us on our toes, it's smart to have long-sleeved, mid-length staples on-hand for a while longer. Whether paired with pumps, sneakers, or slides, a classic black dress remains a no-fail pick that will save the day when you're flying out the door with no time for color-coordinating or mixed prints.

As temps consistently teeter between mid-60s and upper-70s, a lightweight shift dress won't even require a jacket. Simplify your routine and shop Witherspoon's exact style below, then check out The Zoe Report's range of even more LBDs inspired by the actor's chic and sensible look.

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Liman Funnel-Cuff Dress

$1,530

Roland Mouret

Snag Witherspoon's exact style while it's still available in black and white.

Colonia Dress

$1,795

Altuzarra

From the ruche detailing to the square neckline, this formfitting dress from Altuzarra is anything but basic.

Black Open Back Dress

$595

Helmut Lang

Take the casual route with this ribbed option from Helmut Lang, and pair with low-top sneakers or loafers.

Siwa Wrap Front Dress

$557

Nanushka

Opt for a touch of luxury with this satin wrap dress from Instagram-famous, Budapest-based brand, Nanushka.

Aurele Smocked Minidress

$595

$359

Ulla Johnson

Serve drama with this renaissance-inspired number that still says springtime, sans floral print or pastels.

Essentials Marina Shift Dress

$1,150

The Row

If any brand knows essential minimalism, it's The Row. Invest in this understated shift dress and plan on keeping it on rotation for years to come.

Draped Detail Dress

$79.99

$45.99

Mango

Just because it's a staple, doesn't mean you need to pay a bundle for it. This Mango shift proves that perfectly.